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Fitbit offering refunds, replacements for Force wristbands after skin irritation complaints

Fitbit is offering to replace or refund its $130 Force fitness wristbands following reports of skin irritation from some users. The company says a "limited number" of users have reported skin problems. It says that may be from an allergy to the nickel used in the Force. The Force, which was released in October, can track steps taken, stairs climbed and calories burned. FitBit also makes other fitness wristbands and devices. One online company forum began showing user complaints in mid-December and has grown to more than 30 pages.

Lance Armstrong's former charity Livestrong says donations down

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Donations to the cancer charity founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong declined last year following charges of doping against the seven-time Tour de France champion, the charity said in its 2012 tax return released on Tuesday. Livestrong, the Austin, Texas-based charity Armstrong founded in 1997 after he survived testicular cancer, also said sales volume of its signature yellow bracelets had fallen 4.8 percent so far this year compared with a year ago.

Jawbone teams with nonprofit to keep children fit

Fitness wristband maker Jawbone on Tuesday teamed with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote healthier lifestyles in children. Jawbone introduced an orange edition of its UP band, with $20 of price to be routed to the Alliance, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation to slim the ranks of overweight and obese children. "We want to give people everywhere a tool to live healthier lifestyles and achieve their goals," said Jawbone vice president of product management Travis Bogard.

Jawbone adds muscle for fitness push

UP fitness wristband maker Jawbone on Monday announced the acquisition of a pair of young mobile app firms that add muscle to its push make smartphone lifestyles healthier. The San Francisco firm behind popular wireless ear pieces and Jambox bluetooth speakers said that it bought Visere and Massive Health, but did not disclose financial terms of the deals. Visere's products include "Unstuck" apps for Apple gadgets designed to help overcome inertia when it comes to making beneficial changes in their lives or tackling challenges.

WRAPUP 1-Cycling-Lifetime ban is 'death penalty,' says Armstrong

(Adds quotes, details) By Julian Linden NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong says he received the "death penalty" for using performance-enhancing drugs and lying about it for over a decade, but the disgraced cyclist still harbors a strong desire to compete and hopes his lifetime ban will one day be lifted.

Lance Armstrong visits Livestrong Foundation to apologize to staff

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong on Monday visited the Austin, Texas, office of the cancer foundation he started to apologize to the staff of about 100 people, a spokeswoman for the Livestrong Foundation said. "He had a private conversation with the staff, who have done the important work of the foundation for many years," said foundation spokeswoman Katherine McLane.
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